Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Dr. Irene Blea
Email iiblea092@gmail.com
Phone 505/896-8477
Address 5900 Westward Lane NW
Albuquerque, NM  87120
Biographical Info Irene I. Blea, Ph.D., is an author and lecturer. Her books include "The Feminization of Racism: Promoting Peace in America," "U.S. Chicanas and Latinas in a Global Context," and others. She was chairperson of Chicano Studies at California State University and president of the National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies. She is president of the Native New Mexico Club, among other community activities.
Program Title DOÑA TULES: Lady Gambler of Santa Fe
Character Name Doña Tules
Program Description Her profession strikes sharply at the heart of American ethics, but her life reveals a unique personality, unlikely relationships, and wealth used to assist her community, and gain the admiration of the Catholic Church. Doña Tules' contribution to New Mexico history, the speculation and controversy about her, holds audience interest, increases knowledge and stimulates the imagination. She was well established and affluent when the US military and when American wagon trains arrived in Santa Fe. Americans were intrigued by her prominence, and have debated the contradictions of her life as the highly respected professional lady gambler, who could deal the monte cards and win like no other, and have the most lavish funeral of the era.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
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